IDFA’ 14: “Democrats,” “Fire Burning” up for awards

Camilla Nielsson's political doc Democrats (pictured) and Morgan Knibbe's hybrid film on European refugees Those Who Feel the Fire Burning are among the feature-length docs nominated for IDFA awards.
November 26, 2014

Democrats (pictured), Camilla Nielsson’s political doc on Zimbabwe, and Those Who Feel the Fire Burning, Morgan Knibbe’s hybrid film on European refugees, are among the feature-length docs nominated for IDFA awards.

Nominees for the prizes - which will be awarded during the Dutch festival’s closing ceremony on Friday (November 28) – were revealed at Amsterdam’s De Brakke Grond theater on Wednesday (November 26), where two awards were also handed out.

The Oxfam Global Justice Award was presented to Firouzeh Khosrovani’s Fest of Duty, while director Maite Alberdi – who is at IDFA pitching her film The Grown-Ups - received the Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ EDA Award for best female-directed doc, for Tea Time.

Meanwhile, in addition to Democrats - which recently received a special mention in CPH:DOX’s international doc competition – and Those Who Feel the Fire Burning, the feature-length doc category (for films longer than 60 minutes) also sees nominations for Laurent Bécue-Renard’s Of Men and War and Hanna Polak’s Something Better to Come.

All docs except for Knibbe’s Fire Burning have been pitched at the IDFA Forum in previous years.

The jury for the feature-length competition includes Anne Aghion, Talal Derki, Sandra den Hamer, Joshua Oppenheimer and Alina Rudnitskaya, and the winner of the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary will receive €12,500 (US$15,650).

Elsewhere, nominees for the NTR IDFA Award for best mid-length documentary – which comes with €10,000 in prize money – include Me Girl, Me Princess by María Aramburú and Valeria Pavan; Kamchatka – The Cure for Hatred from Julia Mironova; and The Storm Makers by Guillaume Suon.

The jury for this competition is made up of Niels Pagh Andersen, Martichka Bozhilova, Jihan El-Tahri, Serge Gordey, and Kristi Jacobson.

Nominations for the IDFA award for best first appearance as well as the Peter Wintonick Special Jury Award for First Appearance went to Always Together by Eva Tomanova; Drifter by Gábor Hörcher; Mother of the Unborn by Nadine Salib; and Placebo by Abhay Kumar.

Docs competing for the Beeld en Geluid IDFA Award for Dutch Documentary are Ghosts from the Past by Cinta Forger and Walther Grotenhuis; Killer Slope by Geertjan Lassche; and The New Rijksmuseum – The Film by Oeke Hoogendijk.

Additional prizes include the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling, which sees nominations for John Lennon: The Bermuda TapesSerial and Seven Digital Deadly Sins; while the Best Student Documentary category includes nominees Island 36 by Asli Özarslan, No Lullaby by Helen Simon and A Wee Night In by Stuart Edwards.

Finally, the IDFA DOC U Award – presented by a jury of youth between the ages of 15 and 18 – includes nominations for My Beautiful Broken Brain by Sophie Robinson and Lotje Sodderland; Nas: Time Is Illmatic by One 9 and Something Better to Come by Polak.

The IDFA awards will be distributed at the Compagnietheater, along with the winners of the BankGiro Loterij IDFA Audience Award, the Melkweg Music Documentary Audience Award, and the Media Fund Award Kids & Docs prize.

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